The official North Korean web portal Naenara published today an information about the launch of a new observation satellite: »The National Aerospace Development Administration of the DPRK issued on February 7 a report that its scientists and technicians succeeded in putting the newly-developed earth observation satellite Kwangmyongsong-4 into its orbit according to the 2016 plan of the 5-year program for national aerospace development.
Carrier rocket Kwangmyongsong blasted off from the Sohae Satellite Launching Station in Cholsan County, North Phyongan Province at 09:00 on February 7, Juche 105 (2016). The satellite entered its preset orbit at 09:09:46, 9 minutes and 46 seconds after the lift-off. The satellite is going round the polar orbit at 494.6 km perigee altitude and 500 km apogee altitude at the angle of inclination of 97.4 degrees. Its cycle is 94 minutes and 24 seconds. Installed in Kwangmyongsong-4 are measuring apparatuses and telecommunications apparatuses needed for observing the earth.
The DPRK NADA will, in the future, too, launch more satellites of Juche into the space, true to the great WPK’s policy of attaching importance to science and technology.«
Not just South Korea and the USA condemned the rocket launch, critics came also from China. The official Chinese news agency Xinhua published a commentary about the situation in the Korean Peninsula: »Ignoring stern global opposition and concern, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) fired an earth-observation satellite on Sunday in what is feared by many to be a disguised test of ballistic missile technology.
Regardless of its true nature, the launch marks a negative development of the situation on the Korean Peninsula as it has sparked extensive world anxiety and concern, and may lead to more sanctions.
However, amid critisim and condamnation, what should be borne in mind is that negotiations are the only viable solution to the predicament on the Korean Peninsula, As China has repeatedly pointed out.«